East Ministry Center
Currently a significant demographic of our congregation live east outside the loop. We are noticing a shift in culture from regional megachurches to smaller neighborhood parishes. More and more people are looking for a deeper connection and life witness with their neighbors near their home. We believe people will still drive in for worship on Sunday mornings because it only takes 15 minutes each way. However, during the work week, the drive increases to 30 plus minutes. This decreases involvement and participation and significantly impacts the likelihood of our members to invite their unchurched neighbors.
We believe the Christ Church East Ministry Center will do two things:
- Engage our members out east who find it difficult to connect to ministry opportunities at 4488 Poplar because of the drive time.
- Provide our members with the opportunity to invite other neighbors and friends to Christ Church events because of the proximity of the new outpost to their community.
We see the East Ministry Center as a way to offer Bible studies, Christ Academy courses, Women’s/Men’s Ministry events, Recovery classes and even a Wednesday night casual worship gathering.
This becomes a significant resource for Christ Church as we seek to disciple our members and reach out to new people who are less likely to make the initial drive into East Memphis. Our belief is if new people are introduced to Shane Stanford and others in the church—in a casual, relational context—they will drive in on Sunday for the services.